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Defence Communications 2018 Agenda Highlights
Assured information and communications remain at the heart of operational capability for armed forces, but the geopolitical environment, the threat and opportunities to be gained from exploiting advances in technology present complex challenges for ministries of defence.
Defence Communications 2018, chaired by Brigadier Tim Watts (ret) Former Signal Officer in Chief, British Army, will bring together heads of CIS, J6, SATCOM directors and industry within NATO partners and allies to discuss the next generation of communication system to ensure your Armed Forces dominate in the information battlespace.
With reduced manning and increased scrutiny on budgets, coalitions are key to producing the right mix of deterrence and readiness to face and defeat aggressors. Defence Communications will also consider a wide range of cyber, social, political and economic factors to help military leaders with their planning and force preparation.
EXPLOITING TECHNOLOGY FOR TACTICAL COMMUNICATIONS
The geopolitical environment is changing modern warfare. Cyber is now being recognised as a domain that nations must be able to manoeuvre and exploit technology to their advantage. The need for information superiority across multiple domains is critical as a force multiplier. This section will begin with a threat analysis and key programmes for connecting forces.
MOBILE MESH NETWORKS FOR DEPLOYABLE FORCES
Mission success depends greatly on the rapid and secure exchange of critical information. The rise in network centric warfare is pushing forces to be able to operate in a tactically hostile environment where setting up infrastructure may not be permitted. We will explore innovations in connecting to an assured network in the field.
ASSURED AND EXTENDED BEYOND LINE OF SIGHT CAPABILITIES
The need for readily deployable secure networks is critical in multinational missions. Demand for smaller, multi frequency and multi mission nodes that enable ad hoc wideband networks will act as a force multiplier in defence communications. Defence Communications 2018 will discuss technological advances for interoperable and protected networks.
COMBATING TECHNICAL INTEROPERABLE CHALLENGES
The ability to effectively share data and orders across international commands is critical in ensuring success. Recent multinational expeditionary missions demonstrated the limits of Allied interoperability. This has spurred on domestic and international programmes to enhance secure interoperable communications. Defence Communications 2018 will examine the major international programmes taking place.
SPACE AND TERRESTRIAL COMMUNICATIONS
To enhance information superiority and battlefield management, militaries need to seamlessly share data across coalition partners and command headquarters. Demand for high band data and consistent connectivity is driving investment in satellite communications. This section will explore the integration of emerging technologies to provide secure, tactical communication to the soldier.
INTEGRATING MULTIPLE WAVEFORMS AT A TACTICAL LEVEL
Currently there is no standardised waveform for use in international and combined missions making communicating between international programmes a challenge. The need to develop NATO waveforms and ensure the physical and link layers can successfully integrate is critical to the future success of multinational missions.
Military and government personnel can attend the main 2-day agenda, with a free end user pass by registering here.
Industry organisations can attend the main 2-day agenda by registering here.